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No classes at the Holmwood Technical High School today following fatal 3 vehicle collision
2013-09-25 14:52:20 | (0 Comments)
Classes at the Holmwood Technical High School in Manchester were dismissed today following a fatal crash this morning which claimed the lives of three students.
The scene of the accident on the Chudleigh Main Road in Manchester. - Dave Lindo
The incident took place along the Chudleigh Main Road sometime before 8:00 a.m..
The names of the victims have not yet been released.
Reports indicate that two mini buses transporting students were racing.
Itís understood that the driver of one of the buses overtook several vehicles and was trying to get back in line when the bus collided with an oncoming truck.
More than 20 other students have since been hospitalised. The nature and extent of their injuries are not clear at this time.
Itís understood that one student from the Christiana-Lease Primary school was also injured in the crash and is in critical condition in hospital.
Officials from the Ministry of Education have since visited Holmwood Technical.
Principal Paul Bailey said he has also met with teachers and guidance counsellors of nearby schools.
In the Meantime, Member of Parliament for North East Manchester Audley Shaw has described the crash as a tragedy.
He has appealed for measures to be implemented to address what he describes as the lawlessness on the road.
"Something has to be done about it, drivers are driving on this road at high speed with our children in these buses," said Shaw. It is on thing for our children to be maimed, they are being killed, to me it's like murder, because carelessness on the road where the drivers are driving in this way and putting our children at risk, it is entirely unacceptable.
"Mr. Shaw has renewed calls for a rural bus transportation system to be put in place for school children.
"Where we take some of those big buses and we put them on the main arteries like from Mandeville to Christiana, that was the plan that I had and in fact I ordered additional buses, for which I was severely criticized as Minister of Finance for ordering these buses. These extra buses have now come in the system and the Minister of Transport Dr Davies has refused to put these buses into a rural bus transport system. So we still have these death traps, these minibuses that are being driven by irresponsible people and it is a very very serious situation."
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